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The Janes by B.M. Hardin

Book Description....

"Don't doubt them. Don't doubt anything about them; especially the Blonde One."

Unlike most, Jane had the perfect life. She was happy, content, and the perfect wife. Her marriage was solid, but they were missing one thing; a house and children, which led them to S.J. Lane.
But who knew that because of one bad decision, everything, her whole life would change.

In a community, were everyone has the same name. Where lies and truth, are one in the same...
Who can you trust?
What do you believe?
What if the giver, is only giving to receive?
Jane's life gets turned upside down. And only THE JANES has the power to turn it all around.
But little did she know that she was apart of one big game. And the biggest question of all was...which Jane was pulling the strings?
Through secrets and pain, Jane learns the hard way, that not all problems, have an easy fix.
Sometimes A JANE has to be thrown in the mix!"

Title: The Janes
Author: B. M. Hardin

Retribution: ... Comes Around By: NyRee Ausler

Book Description...

"After a tragic end to a toxic love triangle, Asaya and James Buchanan have gotten their marriage back on track. Their love life is everything she ever wanted it to be.

The Buchanans were sure they had seen the last of Rey Lucas. But everything isn't always what it seems. When Rey steps back onto the scene, he's determined to make sure that Asaya and James' marital bliss doesn't last long.

If Part One of Retribution left you shocked, you will be stunned at the ups and downs that Asaya, James and Rey encounter all in the name of love."
Title:  Retribution...Comes Around Author:  NyRee Ausler Publication:  N. A. Series: Retribution # 2 Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating:  Five Review:
"Retribution...Comes Around" by NyRee Ausler
My Thoughts....
As this story continues from the first novel...'Retribution:  What Goes Around' to 'Retribution: Comes Around' as it is still dealing  with quite a 'love triangle...Asaya,…

Undisclosed Desire 2: The Sheriff's Heart by Falon Gold

Book Description....

"Sheriff Blake Powers has more secrets than any man of the law should. The most important one is his deputy and lover, Astrid Daniels, who's disappeared. The only thing standing between him bringing her back into his arms is the rest of his secrets and his family. The extremely wealthy Powers have run an empire for four generations and don't consider beautiful women who aren't Italian-born and blue-blooded as marriage material. They don't consider them as anything, and they're tired of waiting for Blake to take his place amongst them as a tycoon who'll carry on the Powers' prestige and privileged way of life into the next generation.

Astrid carries her own secret that will rock all of the connected families' worlds; the Owens, Nordic-Ford's, and the Powers the most. But just when all the secrets are exposed, Blake and Astrid will suffer a monumental setback that will give the Powers exactly what they want—access to Blake…


Book Description...

"Envy, secrets, and hidden resentment are the three most destructive factors in any relationship. This is especially true when it comes to sisters. Meet Kalice Micheals, a 25-year-old once successful tv personality turned home health nurse for her mother. Kalice, also known as Kay, was once an up and coming journalist for CNN with an expensive New York penthouse, and taste to match. However, once her mother Betty is diagnosed with cancer, Kalice gives up her dream to move back home and care for her. Back home in Memphis Kalice is forced to face all of her old demons and the tormentor who turned her into an introvert, her older sister Malika. Malika, the bougie and stuck up sister, wife, and mother of two, wastes no time reminding Kalice why she is loved and she is not. The only problem is, after a brief argument with Malika, Kalice discovers the beast within her and sets out to get revenge on the one who hurt her the most. Kalice knows that the perfect life M…

Claim & Protect (The Haven Brotherhood #3) by Rhenna Morgan

Book Description....

"Live hard, f*ck harder and follow only their own rules. Those are the cornerstones the six men of the Haven Brotherhood live and bleed by, refusing to conform to society's expectations, taking what they want and always watching each other's backs.
Trevor Raines lives on the edge of legal. A good guy doing bad things to save lives, the only rules he follows are the Brotherhood's, and there's nothing in the world that will change that. Until Natalie Jordan walks into his life…
Natalie's only interest is in making a fresh start. She's a woman with a plan, and the plan doesn't include a man with secrets, no matter how kind—or intoxicating—he is. But this cowboy is determined to break down her walls, keep her safe and make her his.
Trevor had no interest in settling down, but there's something entirely too appealing about the woman he can't stay away from. There's only one thing to do—change his plans…and hers. When Natal…

An Unexpected Love (Hudson Brothers PI Book 1) by J. Haney

Book Description.....

"Their worlds were fused together by a single ringing of the telephone.

Kyler Jefferson was just sixteen when her family was brutally murdered. Left pregnant and alone she has been running for nearly a decade from place to place, terrified that one day they would be found by the mysterious caller with sinister intentions.

Since the deaths of his mother and sister, Caleb Hudson has been living the bachelor’s life. As a private investigator he usually handles cheating spouses and missing persons, which suits him just fine. While investigating a routine case he finds himself thrust into Kyler’s life, consumed by a profound need to protect her from a past he knows nothing about.

They are two people going down separate roads; one running for her life, the other trying to maintain what’s left of his own. How can they preserve their lives when fate has decided she has other plans?"

Title: An Unexpected Love
By: J. Haney
Publisher: J. H.
Series: Hudson Brothers …

Winter Kisses By: S.I. Hayes & J. Haney

Book Description....

"You can take the girl out of the country but can you take the country out of the girl?
In just four short months Justin Blackthorne has become a fixture in the Hopkins Kentucky household. With the holidays upon them he wants nothing more than to get Fallon away from everyone and spend New Year’s in NYC.
The family has other plans, he can take her, but the trip is going to be plus two! Nick and Peter her brothers have invited themselves along putting the kibosh on his romantic plans…
When word gets to Justin’s family he’s come home, all bets are off and he will have no choice but to take the whole motley crew to the house he’s spent years trying to forget."

Title:  Winter Kisses
Publisher: Hayes/Haney Series:  A County Fair Romance Book 2  Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating: Five Review:
"Winter Kisses" by  &
My Thoughts...

I liked this series ...[A County Fair romance Book 2] 'Winter Kisses' as it continues so very…

Stolen Moments By: S.I. Hayes & J. Haney

Book Description...

"Fallon Hopkins is a good country girl. She’s twenty-three, and spends her time taking care of her family, the Farm and going to the Local Farmer’s Markets to sell her sweet confections. This leaves little room for anything else. Her life is happy if not a little boring.

Justin Blackthorne is a New York City transplant, having come to Kentucky to dislodge the silver spoon from his foul mouth. He’s seems like a party boy, covered in tattoos, and piercings, with a life style to match.

Enter Joseph Hopkins Fallon’s meddling father, after meeting Justin he decides the boy may just be the thing to get his daughter out of the farm house and into the real world. Enlisting the aid of his youngest son Peter they force the pair to interact even after a disastrous first meeting.

The pair quickly find they have less to fight about and more to fight for. Can they conquer the bonds of family or will it all just be Stolen Moments?"

Title:  Stolen Moments Publisher: Haye…

Faking Lucky By: Q. D. Purdu

Book Description...

"Desdemona, a pianist in the Austin life-music scene, is channel-surfing when she stumbles upon the program Marriage Exposure. The trashy television show gets people to spill all the secrets of their sex lives, and Desdemona’s ex-boyfriend just happens to be a guest. To her shock and horror, Desdemona’s ex announces on national television that he dumped her because she never got the big O. “She faked…,” he says. Every single time.
Her life is wrecked! If her friends, family and colleagues haven’t seen the interview yet, they will.
How do you survive a scandal like this? How did he know she faked? And why is it that in the bedroom, Desdemona never, ever gets lucky?
The lovable, creative and quirky heroine tackles these challenges. As Desdemona tries to run damage control on her reputation, she begins to explore her sexuality."

To her shock and horror, Desdemona’s ex announces on national television that he dumped her because--


--she never got the bi…

Ray Of Heart By: E. L. Todd

Book Description....

"Ryker finally told me what happened all those months ago. He explained his distance, his coldness.

Now everything makes sense.

I've been with Zeke for a long time now, and everything is exactly how I want it to be.

I adore him.

No, I love him.

But there's a warning deep in my gut. Zeke is acting differently, and Ryker isn't the same either.

It's the calm before the storm.

I can feel it.:

Title:  Ray Of Heart Author:  E. L. Todd Publisher:  E. L. T. Series:  Ray # 5 Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating: Five Review:
"Ray Of Heart" by E. L. Todd
My Thoughts:

What a beautiful ending to this Ray # 5 series and I must say I enjoyed all of  these series.  Rae was truly a pill at times with her changing her mind going back and forth with what she really wanted. Be
ready for a little bit of it all from 'heartache, love, friendship, heartbreak and there was even some sports' bring into the read that will definitely keep you turning th…

Zaccaro: A Stepbrother Romance by Amarie Avant

Book Description....

"Reese Dunham has two rules when it comes to men - No suits. No cops.
Evan Zaccaro is a narcotics detective on a mission to take down a dangerous biker gang, both a suit and a cop.
When Evan crosses paths with Reese while undercover, sparks fly and Reese's rules go out the window.
Despite the intense heat between the pair, there are forces keeping them apart. Reese's father was slain by the LAPD, and that's only the beginning of the secrets in her life. Next, a surprise marriage means that Reese and Evan are now step brother and sister. With the universe against them, Reese and Evan start to fall in love and fight to be together.
As Evan closes in on the gang, things take a dangerous turn and Reese is put at risk. Can Evan save her in time? And will they finally get to be together?

Note: this is a rerelease of Secrets She Keeps"

Title   Zaccaro Author:  Amarie Avant Publisher:  A. A. Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating: Five Review:

Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul By Eddie S. Glaude Jr.

Book Description....

"A powerful polemic on the state of black America that savages the idea of a post-racial society

America’s great promise of equality has always rung hollow in the ears of African Americans. But today the situation has grown even more dire. From the murders of black youth by the police, to the dismantling of the Voting Rights Act, to the disaster visited upon poor and middle-class black families by the Great Recession, it is clear that black America faces an emergency—at the very moment the election of the first black president has prompted many to believe we’ve solved America’s race problem.

Democracy in Black is Eddie S. Glaude Jr.'s impassioned response. Part manifesto, part history, part memoir, it argues that we live in a country founded on a “value gap”—with white lives valued more than others—that still distorts our politics today. Whether discussing why all Americans have racial habits that reinforce inequality, why black politics based on the civi…

Ray Of Time By: E. L. Todd

Book Description...

"Zeke and I are finally together.

Going from best friends to lovers is surprisingly easier than I thought it would be. We do everything together, and of course, the sex is fabulous.

Everything is great until Ryker shows up. He says he needs to talk to me and I think I know what it's regarding. If my suspicion is right, he's in for rejection.

Because he missed his chance a long time ago."

Title: Ray Of Time
Author: E. L. Todd
Publisher: E.L.T.
Series: Ray # 4
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

"Ray Of Time" by E. L. Todd

My Views...

The author knows just how to keep our attention as this series features Rae, Zeke and let's not leave out Ryker. When it seems like everything good is going for Rae and Zeke who do you think appears and things seem to go down hill from there? The story is made with such intense that you are able to feel all of the raw emotions and oh my goodness the drama will be brought up and out front and center and I …

When The Heart Turns Cold 3 By: Charlotte Marshall-Murray

Book Description...

"In book 3 of When The Heart Turns Cold, the heat is turning up on Nala Jordan, and she has to work hard to keep her dreadful sins covered up. As the lead profiler on the case of the Philly serial-killer, Nala is doing everything she can to keep the cops on the wrong path.

Meanwhile, Nala’s husband, Kendrick Jordan, is moving on with his merry little life and planning an engagement with his new side chick, Crystal. A visit with someone from Nala’s past will help her put her recent transgressions into perspective. But will this person’s identity cause the lid to be blown off the Lady Ice investigation, or will Nala remain free to rid the world of cheating hearts?"

Title:  When The Heart Turns Cold 3 Author:  Charlotte Marshall-Murray Series:  Part 3 Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating: Four Review:
"When The Heart Turns Cold 3" by Charlotte Marshall-Murray
My Thoughts....

Well, from this last part 3 of 'When The Heat Turns Cold' we get a cl…

When The Heart Turns Cold 1& 2 By: Charlotte Marshall-Murray

Book Description....

***This is 2 books of a 3-book series***

Book 1
"Love was all Nala Jordan ever wanted, so marrying the handsome and ambitious Kendrick Jordan was more than she could’ve ever dreamed. Kendrick and Nala Jordan were inseparable from the very beginning, and they became the most highly respected and sought out power couple in Philly. They had a strong foundation, including a beautiful home, wealth and happiness…or so Nala thought. Her entire world shatters when she walks in and catches Kendrick in a compromising position. He is about to find out there is a thin line is between love and hate when Nala's heart turns cold.
Book 2
What was done in the dark has come to light and this time Nala is all cried out. The once beloved, charismatic woman has risen like a phoenix and now she is a force to be reckoned with in her career, home and in the community. Every man that crosses her path is at risk of feeling her wrath. Her desire to inflict pain is growing by the …

Dreamland Burning By: Jennifer Latham

Book Description...

"Some bodies won’t stay buried. Some stories need to be told.

When seventeen-year-old Rowan Chase finds a skeleton on her family’s property, she has no idea that investigating the brutal century-old murder will lead to a summer of painful discoveries about the past, the present, and herself.

One hundred years earlier, a single violent encounter propels seventeen-year-old Will Tillman into a racial firestorm. In a country rife with violence against blacks and a hometown segregated by Jim Crow, Will must make hard choices on a painful journey towards self discovery and face his inner demons in order to do what’s right the night Tulsa burns."

From School Library Journal... "Gr 8 Up—Latham follows up Scarlett Undercover with a rich work that links past and present in a tale that explores racial prejudice. After the remains of a skeleton are found in her Tulsa, OK, backyard, 17-year-old Rowan Chase becomes consumed with finding out the story behind the dea…

Repent at Leisure, by Stevie Turner

Book Description...

"Paul McAdam wakes up with a strange girl in his bed, with no idea who she is or where she came from.

Cat Taylor worms her way into Paul’s life, eventually moving into his flat. The arrangement suits Paul quite well until he meets Anita Fairfax, the love of his life and the girl he wishes to marry. Cat has to go, but Paul finds that she is not interested in moving out.

When Cat is found dead in Paul’s flat, he's the #1 suspect, even though there's not a shred of evidence. Anita and Paul are happily married, but she soon begins to wonder whether her new husband could have been Cat’s killer all along..."

Title:  Repent at Leisure Author:  Stevie Turner Publisher:  Creativia Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating: Four Review:
"Repent at Leisure" by Stevie Turner
My Thoughts....
This read I must say left me on the edge of my seat with this psychological thriller read.  There were so many of twist and turns the reader simply may not be able figure…

For The Sake of a Child, By Stevie Turner

Book Description....

"Ginny Ford is pleased to win the coveted job of housekeeper to the directors of PhizzFace Inc. However, her joy becomes tarnished by an accidental find whilst cleaning, leading her to suspect that all is not as it should be on the managerial corridor. Delving deeper, she is shocked to uncover corruption and a secret pedophile network that has remained hidden for years, involving the very people she has come to know and trust. Unable to live with her conscience any more, she decides that she cannot keep quiet and that she must find a way of helping all the children involved. However, by trying to help the children she discovers that she has unwittingly put her entire family at risk....."

Title:  For the Sake of a Child
Author:  Stevie Turner
Publisher: Smashwords
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

"For the Sake of a Child" by Stevie Turner

My Thoughts.....

What a very interesting novel that brings out quite a read that kept my atte…

Stuck in a Love Triangle, by Jade Jones

Book Description...

"Love don't live here anymore. Kelly is fed up with her husband's doggish, neglectful ways. She is consistently biting her tongue to keep the peace...however the minute their relationship takes a turn for the worse, Kelly is pushed into the arms of another man. And as they say, a shoulder to cry on becomes a d*** to ride on."

Title:  Stuck in a Love Triangle
Author:  Jade Jones
Publisher:  Jade Publications
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating:  Four

"Stuck in a Love Triangle" by Jade Jones

My Thoughts...

An interesting quick well written read that had quite a abrupt ending especially for Kelly, Jason and even Rome.  With all the drama that is so present in this read I had hoped for something less than heartbreaking but oh well, all stories do not have HEA as it was in this love triangle.  

Watching You: A terrifying thriller with a mind-bending twist (Detective Kerri Blasco Book 3), By J.A. Schneider

Book Description....

"A serial killer texts his victims first. A detective vows revenge. He comes after her.

In the chill of an October night, Detective Kerri Blasco is called to a bizarre murder scene. Leda Winfield, a young volunteer for the homeless, has been shot. Her cell phone displays the frightening text, WATCHING YOU, and into her back, hideously pushed with a hat pin, is a note with the same awful message. Leda's socialite family and friends insist that no one would have wanted to harm her, but Detective Kerri isn't convinced.

Until another random young woman is killed in exactly the same way. Kerri and her team profile a monstrous killer who enjoys terrifying his victims before stalking and killing them. But how does he get their phone numbers?

Kerri soon finds that the killer is after her, too, and that the key to finding him may just be in the homeless shelter. When the body count rises, she vows to stop the madman - even if it means battling her own person…

Helping Helper by Tara C. Allred

Book Description...

"He’s not a friend, he’s my husband. And he’s gone.” 

En route to Salt Lake City, intending to start over, their car breaks down near the struggling mining town of Helper, Utah—and then Tony leaves Kora behind.

Alone, broken and angry, especially that her family was right in their judgment against Tony, Kora decides to stay in Helper and aid in it’s art-centered transformation."

But in working to save her new home, Kora learns first love only happens once."

For a second chance at love, a much greater risk is required.

“...a good solid story. I was fooled a couple of times with the plot twists!” —E. Campbell

“...a beautiful piece of artwork. This novel is going to stick with me.” —B. Boman

Title:  Helping Helper By:  Tara C Allred Publisher:  Patella Publishing Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating:  Five Review:
"Helping Helper" by Tara C. Allred
My Thoughts....
What a story that showed when you turn it all loose and truly forgive you will…

Hot Green Tea: The Delicious Series Vol.3 by Yolanda Williams

Book Description...

"The water is boiling and the poetic explicit words of Author/Poetess Yolanda Williams is making steam in is third book of The Delicious Series, to reminiscence on the pleasurable fetish for hot green tea.

Title:  Hot Green Tea
By:  Yolanda Williams
Publisher:  Moore & Poesy Publishing
Series: The Delicious Series Volume 3
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: Four

"Hot Green Tea" by Yolanda Williams

My View:

This erotic poetry by this author is very explicit and as it brings out this tale of  'Boiling Water and Flamin.'  All I can say is drinking a hot cup of 'Green Tea with honey and lemons' will never be the same for me after reading this author's steamy hot read about how it can make one feel definitely with the right partner.  Now this is a very adult read so please be aware of that and it is also a very short read that is one well written piece of poetry in a very sexy erotic poetic setting.  All that is left to say…

The Forbidden Highlands By: Authors: Kathryn Le Veque, Eliza Knight, Terri Brisbin, Amy Jarecki, Collette Cameron, Emma Prince, Victoria Vane & Violetta Rand

Book Description...

A man without a past…
Abandoned at a monastery as a young child, Alexander serves two masters—God and the fading memories of his past life—the one he never got to live. As he nears the day to take his vows, he’s sent on a last sojourn into the real world to test his faith, and possibly his manhood. But one playful kiss in a moment of weakness awakens a dangerous desire. A woman who doesn’t know her own heart…
Born from the line of two kings, Sibylla is abandoned by her sire as a child and then ruled illegitimate. Though she lives a happy life under her uncle’s protection, Sibylla craves more. But the hot-tempered beauty never imagines her fate lies in the hands of Alex, a would-be monk who hardly embodies her idea of a pious man of God. As dark secrets from the past come to light, will Alex choose the safe and secure life he knows, or will he defy his holy orders for Sibylla and the l…

His Last Resort: A Contemporary Christian Romance (His Last Hope Series Book 1) by M. A. Malcolm

Book Description...

"Driven and focused, business owner and future pastor Robert Marsden knows exactly what he wants… and what he doesn’t. The Do Not Disturb sign he’s placed on his heart is his way of discouraging the ‘wanna-be first ladies’ who’ve set their sights on him. The way he sees it, Claire Foxwood and women like her are more focused on impressing others than on their eternal souls. As a man of God, it’s his duty to set them straight, right?

Claire can’t help her attraction to Robert, but his decision to make a public spectacle of her hurts to the core. Part of her wants to give him a piece of her mind, but the rest of her remains infatuated with the man who’s too attractive for his – and her – own good. If only she didn’t feel like he has a role to play in her destiny!

Can “Aunt Ruby” Crawford’s words of godly wisdom peppered with humor help the misguided pair look deep within themselves and discover God’s plan for their lives? "

Title:  His Last Resort: A Contemp…

Pregnant By My Mother's Rapist By Niki Jilvontae

Book Description....

"Secrets can be deadly, especially when a person's identity is involved, and that is the realty in this twisted tale. Meet Kaniyah aka Na Na the product of a 12-year-old mother and invisible father who finds herself trapped in a hopeless situation. All of her life NaNa was forced to suffer for the sins of others all while trying to figure out who she was. With no dad, a volatile relationship with her mother, and support only coming from her brothers and uncles, NaNa goes out into the world searching for what she never had... True Love. When she meets Anthony she thinks that her prayers have finally been answered but she couldn't have been more wrong. Her quest leads her right down a bumpy road filled with abuse, lies, deceit, and murder that she has no way of escaping. Come on this twisted thrill ride with Na and find out how she became.... PREGNANT BY HER MOTHER'S R*****!"

Title: Pregnant By My Mother's Rapist
Author: Niki Jilvontae

The Idea Of You By: Amanda Prowse

Book Description...

"With her fortieth birthday approaching, Lucy Carpenter dares to hope that she finally has it all: a wonderful new husband, Jonah, a successful career and the chance of a precious baby of her own. Life couldn’t be more perfect.
But the reality of becoming parents proves much harder than Lucy and Jonah imagined. Jonah’s love and support is unquestioning, but as Lucy struggles with work and her own failing dreams, the strain on their marriage increases. Suddenly it feels like Lucy is close to losing everything…
Heart-wrenching and poignant, this latest work by bestselling author Amanda Prowse asks the question: what does it mean to be a mother in today’s hectic world? And what if it’s asking too much to want it all?"

Title:  The Idea Of You
Author:  Amanda Prowse
Publisher:  Lake Union Publishing
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

"The Idea Of You" by Amanda Prowse

My View:

A good read that covered 'parenthood and family.'  T…

Always By: Sarah Jio

Book Description....

"From the New York Times bestselling author of Blackberry Winter and The Violets of March comes a gripping, poignant novel about the kind of love that never lets go, and the heart's capacity to remember.

While enjoying a romantic candlelit dinner with her fiance, Ryan, at one of Seattle's chicest restaurants, Kailey Crane can't believe her good fortune: She has a great job as a writer for the Herald and is now engaged to a guy who is perfect in nearly every way. As they leave the restaurant, Kailey spies a thin, bearded homeless man on the sidewalk. She approaches him to offer up her bag of leftovers, and is stunned when their eyes meet, then stricken to her very core: The man is the love of her life, Cade McAllister.

When Kailey met Cade ten years ago, their attraction was immediate and intense everything connected and felt "right." But it all ended suddenly, leaving Kailey devastated. Now the poor soul on the street is a faded version …